18 Feb 2020

Our understanding of how particulate matter affects indoor air quality and the well-being of occupants has improved in recent years. This has made issues of IAQ a concern for facilities managers and building owners. Better ways of tracking and interpreting health trends and more streamlined data collection has made it easier to identify the threats […]

11 Feb 2020

Coronavirus was first detected in China in December of 2019. Nearly one hundred people died from the respiratory virus in a single day in February as the overall death toll in the country approaches 1,000. A rise in reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. has prompted government officials to declare a public health emergency. […]

28 Jan 2020

Let’s take a look at how to prevent Legionella in your HVAC system. But before we do we must understand what this bacteria is and how it affects building occupants. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection of the respiratory system. It is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. While milder than pneumonia, […]

01 Oct 2019

October is Healthy Lung Month! Each year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division and the American Lung Association team up to highlight the importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) to healthy lungs! There are many common environmental pollutants that affect indoor air quality. These contaminants when found in large quantities cause various […]

10 Jul 2019

Preventing mold growth in buildings is important to occupant well-being and performance. There are news stories everyday about mold in hospitals, offices and schools making people sick or worse. As a result, buildings shut down, occupants relocated, and costly repairs undertaken. Some organizations even face serious legal action. So, let’s take a quick look at […]

26 Jun 2019

Holistic HVAC hygiene is a common sense, proactive maintenance concept. It demonstrates how each component of an HVAC system works together to provide fresh air exchange and temperature control in a building. A single component being compromised can have a chain effect on the rest of the system and impact building health. Let’s take a […]

28 May 2019

By Jacklyn Reilly, Guest Contributor Americans spend over 1,800 hours at work, the vast majority of which is spent indoors. So, providing clean indoor air is vital to employees. Employees improve their filtration system at home but what happens once they arrive at work? If steps haven’t been taken to improve air quality here, then […]

21 May 2019

HVAC coil testing is important to determine the amount of obstruction or level of fouling before cleaning. Measurement and verification (M&V) shows what areas of the coil need the most attention. It establishes a baseline for the amount of airflow passing through the coil. Tests taken after cleaning are then compared to the baseline. A […]